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wording cries

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    "ha ha", "um" in dialogs

    Hi! Do you think it's ok to do the following: "Sorry, um, my grandma needed help with her shopping bags. That's why I'm late." "Ha ha ha, you really think I'm gonna buy this cheap excuse?" Or is it better to use verbs outside the quotation marks as in: "Sorry", Tom hesitated, "my grandma...